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Career History

1982 | 1990 | 1994 | 1995-98 | 1999 | 2000 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005-2006 | 2007 | 2008 | 2009/10 | 2011 | 2012


1982

Jack Valentine's professional racing career began in 1982 when he co-founded V&M Racing with Steve Mellor.

At the time, Jack was also racing. He claimed ten national and three European motorcycle drag racing championship titles over seven years with V&M Racing.



1990

In 1990, V&M Racing turned its focus towards road racing. Jack took the decision to retire from his drag racing exploits in favour of taking on more of a managerial and technical role.

During this period, many factory-supported race teams relied on race-tuned machinery from V&M Racing. This included Suzuki GB and Yamaha UK.

The teams used their relationships with V&M Racing to help maximise the potential of leading riders at the time, such as Carl Fogarty, James Whitham and Rob McElnea.



1994

This was the year that signalled huge changes in the way that V&M Racing operated in terms of its approach to racing. It became a fully fledged high profile road race team.

In the same year, V&M Racing was responsible for tuning the top four machines in the British Supersport Championship.

Just rewards for the team's astounding efforts came in the form of its appointment as the team management function for Honda UK's official British Supersport and Superbike entries.



1995-1998

During this three-year period, V&M Racing concentrated on both short circuits and public road racing.

The team achieved major success in the form of victories in the British Championship and at the Isle of Man TT.

In addition to this, V&M Racing scored an incredible third-place finish at the European round of the 1997 World Superbike Championship at Brands Hatch with wildcard entry Michael Rutter. The podium finish was proof that V&M Honda were competitive at a world-class level in short circuit racing.



1999

V&M Racing's focus for 1999 was the three major public road races - North West 200, Isle of Man TT and Ulster Grand Prix. In conjunction with the privately funded team of David Jefferies and Iain Duffus, V&M Racing dominated the events.

The team claimed victories at all three meetings. In addition, they made TT history and brought 17 years of factory Honda wins to an end by finishing first in the Formula 1 race.



2000

Having triumphed in road racing, V&M Racing took the decision to continue its successful domination of these events with David Jefferies. The talented rider recorded outright lap records at every circuit aboard V&M Racing machinery.

The millennium also signalled the team's return to domestic short circuit racing. With Jim Moodie as the team's rider, more success was on the cards. V&M Racing was once again victorious in the British Supersport Championship.



2001

Further proof of the outstanding quality of the company's development work came in 2001. The team scored second and fourth places in British Superstock and Supersport championships respectively.

V&M Racing also tuned the engine that powered the winning Superstock machine to victory.



2002

The major public road racing events were back on the agenda again in 2002. Jim Moodie and Iain Duffus successfully competed in V&M Racing colours.

However, this year became the end of an era for the team. The retail department ceased trading and Jack Valentine announced his intention to disband the partnership at the end of the season.

Jack's reason for doing so was to enable him to concentrate on corporate management projects. He did this via new company Valmoto, which he formed with wife and business partner Doris.



2003

Valmoto's first year of existence was one of surprise, even with such a highly experienced founder. Jack succeeded in convincing British motorcycle manufacturer Triumph to return to racing after a 28-year break.

The partnership involved a two-rider team campaign of Craig Jones and Jim Moodie in the British Supersport Championship. Talented teenager Jones scored a podium finish in the team's first year.

Triumph Valmoto also secured a second-place finish at Macau and victory at the TT with Bruce Anstey as part of a three-man road racing team. The team's success at the TT also helped to secured the manufacturers award for Triumph.



2004

A promising debut season convinced the team to continue into 2004 with a single-rider team of Craig Jones. The teenager verified this decision by winning his first race for Triumph Valmoto at the end of the season.

True to form, the team also claimed victories at Macau with Callum Ramsay and Chris Palmer finished on the podium in third place for the team.

Despite having had a successful two-year partnership with Valmoto, Triumph withdrew from racing in 2005 for strategic reasons.



2005-2006

Following the end of the Triumph Valmoto team, Jack forged a working relationship with Carl Fogarty's FPR team.

He was appointed race team manager for the World Superbike Championship and continues in that role at present.



2007

The official Kawasaki factory-supported team - MSS Kawasaki, approached Valmoto mid season in a bid to turn around their racing operation in the British Superbike Championship. Valmoto worked with the team to improve internal relationships and the confidence of the riders.

Both MSS Kawasaki Supersport and Superbike teams finished the season in strong positions.



2008

At the end of the 2007 campaign, Crescent Suzuki enlisted the help of Valmoto in a bid to stamp its authority on the 2008 British Superbike Championship.

With an all-new rider line-up consisting of 2007 Rookie of the Year Tom Sykes and reigning Japanese Superbike Champion Atsushi Watanabe, Valmoto were perfectly poised to mount a series challenge for race wins at the start of the season.

"Crescent have all the right infrastructure and sponsors in place but have not had any success since 2004" stated Jack, who saw Valmoto's task with the Crescent Suzuki team as a fresh challenge.



2009/10

Tommy Hill at Knockhill 2010For 2010 Jack will continue in his role as team boss for the Worx Crescent Suzuki Team in British Superbikes. With decades of knowledge and expertise, Jack is seen as the ideal man to guide the team to championship glory.

In 2009, Jack acquired the services of Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli - fresh out of the MotoGP paddock - to run in a single-man team. The talented Frenchman hit the ground running in the early stages, claiming numerous podiums. Sadly Sylvain was injured at Donington Park in an unfortunate collision with Australian Josh Brookes, which brought an end to the team's championship challenge.

Undeterred, and following Sylvain's move to World Superbikes with the Alstare Suzuki Team, Jack has signed two top talents for the 2010 BSB campaign in the form of British young gun Tommy Hill and seasoned veteran Yukio Kagayama. As ever, Jack has been working tirelessly behind the scenes to ensure that 2010 is the year that Worx Crescent Suzuki claim the championship crown.

2011

For 2011 Jack will remain as team boss for the newly named Samsung Cresent Suzuki team. This season Jack has settled on a new look rider line up to try and challenge for top honours once again. One half of the two man team will be former MotoGP superstar John ‘Hopper’ Hopkins alongside last years British Superstock Champion John ‘JK’ Kirkham. It really is a super talented line up and one which will be aiming for top honours in this year’s series. They both have the potential to win races and challenge for the title.

2012

2012 sees Jack re-entering the World Superbike Championship as Team Manager for the British-based Crescent Fixi Suzuki team with a heavily updated version of the GSXR1000 the team campaigned in BSB last year. He has the support of experienced Suzuki Team Principal, Paul Denning, and a team of trusted mechanics.

2011 Samsung Crescent Suzuki rider, John 'Hopper' Hopkins is making the move from the British Superbike Championship to WSBK with Jack after finishing runner-up in last year’s national championship. His team-mate is British rider Leon Camier who has shown huge talent on the world stage since graduating from BSB after winning the title in 2009.